Using networks to get stuff done

Practically Perfect PA

Just last week I was reminded how brilliant PAs are at using networks to get stuff done. It showed me how powerful assistants can be when they tap into their networks. So how do we ensure our networks are there to help us get stuff done? Get to know your network.

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Are you a networked PA?

Practically Perfect PA

The word networking can strike fear, horror and / or joy into the best of us. Networking is without a doubt a valuable skill set and resource tool but for many it can involve going outside our comfort zone when confronted with the notion of chatting to a complete stranger.

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A guide to networking

Practically Perfect PA

Whether you’re networking online or face-to-face, it can play a vital role in securing your next job opportunity. Networking the old-fashioned way, face-to-face, is still an important route to building lasting connections with people that can benefit your career. Offline networking.

Networking with ACE Connects

Practically Perfect PA

Back in November I had the pleasure of speaking to 50 assistants who were attending a networking event organised by ACE (Assistant Community EMEA), an internal networking group set up by assistants at BlackRock. Peer to peer networking is more important than ever.

Inside the Edinburgh PA Network

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few years there are plenty more online communities and in more recent times we have taken networking to a whole new level with local networks, organised by assistants, springing up all over the place. First up we have the Edinburgh PA Network. About the network….

How Not To Network

Dumb Little Man

The post How Not To Network appeared first on Dumb Little Man. I spent the better part of an afternoon recently having a conversation with someone on my Southwest flight back home. Like many of us who travel frequently, I was bored, restless and looking for something to occupy my time.

Why Conference Receptions Are A Great Place to Start Networking

Office Dynamics

This is your chance to make new friends and build networks. The post Why Conference Receptions Are A Great Place to Start Networking appeared first on Office Dynamics. Do you dread going to the welcome reception at a conference? Or the opening night get together?

Network Like It's 1959

On The Job

You may also want to heed another fashion from that era: in-person networking. You're not likely to see anyone on Mad Men use online social networking to forge a relationship although they do put the "social" in networking with their lunch meetings and after-hour soirees.

5 Killer “Hacks” for Networking at Events

Dumb Little Man

When it comes to developing powerful relationships, social media is still no substitute for old-fashioned, face-to-face networking. In-person networking is simply one of the best activities you can engage in for your career or your business, hands down. Social media is hot.

Networking best practices for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Networking is really important. We are behind the scenes specialists, we are not encouraged to put ourselves out there and even if we did want to get involved in a networking event we are often too busy to leave the office. The problem is networking is really important.

Inside the Peterborough PA Network

Practically Perfect PA

Next up in our series of blog posts about regional PA networks, we have the Peterborough PA network. Launched by Bethany Fovargue in 2013 this network has gone from strength to strength and Bethany is now asked to speak and promote the role of assistants all over the world. .

4 Stress-Free Networking Opportunities for Women

Office Dynamics

Of course, the best way to start making advances towards your new career is to network with people who already have their foot in the door. While networking is often a very successful way to find a job, it can be quite stressful, especially for introverts. But there are more ways to network these days than simply going to a mixer hosted by a professional group, and even better, many of them can actually help you reduce stress. Photo via Flickr by Eugene Kim.

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Inside Ness – the Network for Essex Support Staff

Practically Perfect PA

As someone born and bred in Essex I am so pleased that we have a network connecting PAs in the area. Aside from the network, what have been your career highlights to date? Seek out a mentor and join a professional organisation and relevant networks. About the network….

Are You an Effective Job Search Networker?

Job Advice Blog

Loads of people network during their job search, but very few are effective at such networking. Certainly, some are better at it than others, but in general, the majority of people not only dislike networking but also are simply not good at it. Interview Skills by Alex Freund networking Networking StrategiesBased on a survey they conducted, Ivan R. Misner, Ph.D., and Don [.].

20 great networking questions for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

With The Office* Show coming up in a few weeks I’ve been thinking about my networking plan for the few days that I am there. It was quite a detailed post about my networking experiences so do check it out if you are going to any events this year.

Business Networking Tips

Business Writing

Do you need help starting and ending networking conversations at professional meetings? You may appreciate the tips below. Although not a business writing topic, the information can help you communicate more confidently at business events. To overcome worries about being.

A business case outline for an internal PA network

Practically Perfect PA

People are undoubtedly the best asset of every firm and having a PA network will help confirm that PA’s are an important and integral part of the organisation. Some potential ideas for a network are: Create a dedicated electronic forum in order to share best practice and information.

4 Ways to Ask for Help From Your Network

On The Job

What are some ways you ask for help from your network Is it difficult for you to ask for help? For many people it can be tough. While you may have no problem making a request on behalf of a colleague or a boss, when it comes to asking for assistance for yourself, you shut down.

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Networking – it doesn’t have to be a chore!

Practically Perfect PA

Networking can be a scary word can’t it? At the start of my career aged just 21, I had no real grasp of what networking was, nor was I interested in finding out. I now realise that these events had huge networking opportunities which I failed to appreciate.

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Social Networking Is Often Not Understood

Job Advice Blog

Disclaimer: Social networking is not a substitute for attending social events, talking with others on the phone, or having lunch with someone. To me there is no question of the growing importance of social networking for people in transition who are looking for their next career stop.

For Freelancers, It's All About Networks

Small Business Labs

We've been involved in several recent studies that show the importance networks play for freelancers and other independent workers (independent consultants, contractors, self-employed, etc.).  Given the importance of networks, this is a big problem.

5 Must-Have Tools for Networking Online

Dumb Little Man

It’s hard to imagine how we ever kept in touch with distant friends and family before Facebook, LinkedIn and all the other social networks came along. Today, you can update your entire network on how you’re doing with the click of a button or the upload of a photo.

Business Networking - How to Grow Your Online #Networking Into Real Relationships #smmanners

Productive & Organized

I asked my expert panel: Social Networking is a popular activity, but truly effective business people know that using online communication tools is about more than publishing content.    How do you use social networking to grow connections into relationships? 

4 Rude Networking Behaviors

On The Job

I'm one of those people who has written many times about the values of networking. For all I know, networking leads to better digestion and clearer skin. But one thing I'm really tired of is rude networkers. You may be a rude networker if you: 1.

5 Reasons People Run From You at Networking Events

On The Job

One of the things people like me always harp on is that you need to network all the time, whether you're employed or not. But I will be the first to admit that when I look back, there are things I wish I had done differently in my own networking efforts.

Is Your Networking Fishy Enough?

The Small Business Blog

Build your own network! Is Your Networking Fishy Enough? by adrianswinscoe on Jul 02, 2010 Networking is an essential growth strategy for any small (even large) business. E-Mail me or follow me.

Social Networking Tips for Executive and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

In today’s technology-centric workplace, many employers want employees to be savvy with social networking … especially in tech fields, marketing, public relations and media. Social Networking Tips. Do your homework and learn to use social networking to your professional advantage.

Inside the Guernsey PA Network

Practically Perfect PA

Aside from the network, what have been your career highlights to date? I would also recommend joining a local PA network. This will mean that you get to meet other PA’s from all sectors and you will be able to network and develop. About the network…. Network details….

Strategies for Expanding Your Professional Network

Eat Your Career

While I don’t believe this entirely (to me, it’s both what you know and who you know), I definitely agree that having a strong professional network is a critically important part of creating career success. The power of a strong professional network makes it worthwhile.

Wireless Network Hacking And How To Avoid Being Hacked

Dumb Little Man

Finally, you’ve completed setting up your personal wireless network. You’ve assigned it a great network name and a solid password to keep intruders away. Although you have made some basic changes which help you secure your network, you are still not 100% protected.

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Social Networking Tips for Executive and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

In today’s technology-centric workplace, many employers want employees to be savvy with social networking … especially in tech fields, marketing, public relations and media. Social Networking Tips. Do your homework and learn to use social networking to your professional advantage.

Why Networking Is Essential For Career Success (and Everyone Should Do It NOW)

Eat Your Career

Networking. If you’re happily employed and your career is chugging right along, networking often gets put on the backburner. I see a lot of people who only start thinking about networking when they “need” something—like a new job, for example. Turn to your network! (I

Six Easy Networking Tips for Introverts

Dumb Little Man

When I’ve been to networking events, I’ve found it incredibly helpful to have some established friends there already. The same applies to networking. The important thing is that you went to the event, and you had a go at networking – next time, it’ll be easier.

The importance of networking

The Small Business Blog

In case any more evidence was needed that the way we do business has changed since the financial meltdown in 2008, take a look at the growing importance of business networking as a way of building new relationships and earning money. Whether it is networking through social media or even in person, our business relationships… Read the full article here: The importance of networking on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

Business Networking - Breaking the Ice & Starting the Conversation #business #productivity

Productive & Organized

Business Networking!    Many of my clients tell me that they would rather have a root canal than go to a local event to network! There are a number of elements to effectively networking and growing relationships that ultimately grow your business. 

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“Who, me, network?” Build Confidence in Your Networking Skill!

Office Dynamics

Perhaps you’re one of the lucky few who network (think, “build relationship”) easily and with hardly a thought. For some people, building a solid network of colleagues and helpful professionals comes naturally. But for many, networking doesn’t come so easily. [It’s The great thing is that networking is a “soft skill” that can be learned by anyone. Networking comes under the heading of a life-long skill builder. Networking

7 Social Networking Dos and Don’ts

Office Organization Success

One area where business owners are seeking more and more support in is that of social networking – they find it overwhelming and don’t know what to do, so engage the services of a social media expert to manage it for them. Whilst on the surface this strategy sounds great there is one major flaw with it – social networking is a way for YOU to engage with your audience and networks so that they can get to know YOU, not your assistant!

7 Deadly Entrepreneurial Networking Mistakes

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

A great network is the foundation of every successful entrepreneurial career. To cut the preamble short: This quick-and-dirty article breaks down the seven most deadly networking mistakes I see all sorts of (otherwise smart) entrepreneurs making. Network for Direct Sales.

How to Network While Traveling on Business

On The Job

She sees it as a golden opportunity to network and make new contacts. Another gold mine of networking opportunities is a hotel gym, she says.

Creative Ways to Build a B2B Network Online

Small Business CEO

Networking with other business professionals is one of the fastest ways to grow your business, believe it or not. Here are a few creative ways to build a B2B network with the intent of working together to grow your businesses. Social Media – Social Networking.